I’m not going to lie to you guys. I’m getting a little bored writing these previews. Yes, there have been some games that were closer than we would have liked; however, were any of them actually ever out of hand? No. The Patriots have been in control of every game so far this year. So I am getting sick of constantly telling everybody how much better the Patriots are than everybody else. Now the Washington Redskins (oh no, he didn’t just use the R word did he?! – Yes I did, it is their team name.) travel to Foxboro for a 1:00 game on Sunday.
The Redskins, while still not a very good football team, sit only half a win behind the New York Giants for the division lead in the NFC East. Surprisingly, that is with no help from their running game, which was what many considered the strong point of their offense coming into the season. Alfred Morris has been invisible and backup Matt Jones has not been much better, with the exception of one offensive outburst. They sit at 25th in total offense and are averaging 21 points per game. The Patriots are averaging over two touchdowns more offense per game than the Skins. While the Patriots are near the bottom of the league in rushing yards per game, that is because of some pass-heavy game plans against stout run defenses. Offensively, there is no comparison between these two teams.
Defensively, these teams are a little more similar. The Patriots rank 12th in the league in total defense while the Redskins are not far behind them at 17th. In terms of points allowed, the Redskins defense is allowing about five more points per game to opposing offenses.
You know what? Instead of telling you how much better the Patriots are, I’m going to continue to just throw stats at you. Let’s continue…
The Patriots are tied for second in the NFL with 26 sacks. Doesn’t that sound weird? The Patriots near the top of the league in sacks? Well they are. They’ve been getting after the quarterback this year. The Redskins have 13 sacks. Oh, and Chandler Jones is tied for the league lead with 8.5 sacks. Who is he tied with you ask? Some nobody named J.J. Watt.
Washington has only three interceptions on the year. New England has eight, and they could have five or six more if Malcolm Butler did not drop so many picks. That being said, he has looked pretty good so far. Nobody is saying he is Darrelle Revis, but he looks good.
Hey, the Redskins have forced more fumbles than the Patriots! They’ve forced 10 to the Patriots’ six. However, if you’re looking at turnover differential, the Patriots are +7 while the Redskins sit at -2.
Hmmmm what else is there? Just for fun, let’s look at the quarterback position. Tom Brady is behind only Phillip Rivers in passing yards, and Rivers has played one more game. They are actually both averaging 344 yards passing a game. Brady has a 20/1 TD/INT ratio. And it really should be zero interceptions, but Julian Edelman served the ball to Mike Adams on a silver platter and Adams took it to the house for six. Cousins has the 6th most picks in the league with 8. He is also 18th in the league for passing yards and is averaging 100 yards fewer per game. But I mean, it makes total sense for Jets’ safety Marcus Gilchrist to prepare for Tom Brady the same way you prepare for Kirk Cousins.
One final thought…the Patriots and Redskins held joint practices in the Summer of 2014. Do I really think that a practice held over a year ago will affect this game? Yes, I do. The Redskins are not smart enough to learn anything from it. They also have to deal with an ever-changing Patriots’ offense. Bill Belichick however, will take something from that practice. Am I acting like a Patriots homer? Oh well, it’s a New England website.
Alright, that’s enough. I’ve presented the stats to you. Now you decide who the better team is and who will win on Sunday.
P.S. The Redskins ruined Robert Griffin III. He was a stud his rookie year. They then decided to change the system and never gave him a chance. Jay Gruden is a moron who should have been fired yesterday. He buried RG3’s career and I hope that Griffin finds his way out of Washington so he can have a successful career somewhere, assuming Gruden hasn’t buried him too deep.